In the book Major Bible Themes, Dr. Chafer advances 8 reasons to observe the Lord’s Day. Here are the final 4.
Acts 2:41-42 gives us some specifics of the worship experience of the new believers. The church is made up of the body of Christ. They assembled together many of them met from house to house in private homes. They were continually devoting themselves to:
- The Apostles teaching or doctrine-today we have the written Word of God, the Bible
- Fellowship-they shared what they had in common by giving to the needs of others, participating in the activities of fellowship. This was based on their common belief in Jesus Christ.
- Breaking of Bread-observing the Lord’s Supper
- In Colossians, believers are encouraged to sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to benefit each other
- There is also the command in Hebrews 10:24-26, to assemble together in order to stimulate God’s love and good works in others
Jesus addressed the true nature of worship in John 4:19-24. The Samaritan woman related worship to being a place. Jesus told her that true worshipers worship the Father in spirit and truth. There no right place, but there is a right and a wrong way to worship God. True worshipers refers to those who are real believers in Christ. Worship should be from the heart. Worship should be in truth, because God has revealed His truth to true worshipers.
The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance commanded by Jesus and first instituted at the end of the last Passover meal Jesus shared with his disciples. Being physically there with his disciples He told them to take the bread which symbolizes His body which was broken by the weight of our sin that he took upon himself. He told them to take the cup which symbolizes His blood which was spilled to pay the penalty of our sins. He said to do this in remembrance of Him. See 1 Corinthians 11:17-32, Matthew 26:17-28, Mark 14:12-25 and Luke 22:7-20
Baptism is an ordinance or command given by Jesus Christ while giving the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20. Baptism by immersion is for those who have believed or committed their life to Christ by faith. Baptism is not required for salvation or to obtain salvation, but is commanded for disciples or true followers of Christ. It is symbolic of the Holy Spirit who baptizes those who come to faith in Christ-Romans 6:1-4
Foot washing is only mentioned one time and that is in John Chapter 13. No where else is it mentioned in scripture. The Lord’s intent behind foot washing is what a disciple’s attitude must be towards others in the body of Christ. We are to be humble, serve one another as a servant would, and be forgiving. Foot washing was also symbolic of daily cleansing.